Cripple Crippler College, a Catholic college in Holyoke, Massachusetts, is under fire for its policies regarding sexual assault and harassment.
The school, which was founded in 2003, has since implemented a new sexual assault policy, but students are still being told they are free to use alcohol and “disrupt” the conversation in class, according to BuzzFeed News.
Students are also told that they are “free to engage in conversations in the name of free speech,” which they are not.
Students who have reported sexual assault or harassment are told that if they do not report the incident to the school, they will be expelled, according a report by the school’s president.
The new policy came in response to the 2016 sexual assault allegations against former President Donald Trump, which the school said were fabricated.
The students’ attorney, Andrew C. Brown, told BuzzFeed News that the college’s new policy is “just a smokescreen” for the school not to address the situation in a meaningful way.
“If the college was to do that it would be a massive victory for them and would make a mockery of what they claim to be about,” Brown said.
“They are basically saying, ‘We don’t care what you say because we’re going to get rid of you.'”
The new policies came about after multiple students who had experienced sexual assault reported their own experiences to the college in the wake of Trump’s presidency, and in January, the college agreed to reform its sexual assault policies in response.
The college also announced it would begin offering “safe spaces” to students for their safe spaces and to address and prevent sexual assault, which it described as a “new direction for how we live.”
Brown said the school is working to change its policies and procedures, but that they will not have a formal policy in place until the fall, and it is unclear if the college will be able to implement them.
The newly announced policy, which is one of several that have come out over the past year, was released in response, according in part, to the “crippling impact” of the Trump administration’s attacks on sexual assault survivors and the president’s administration.
“In response to this administration’s assault and retaliation against survivors, the College is creating an educational safe space for survivors and allies,” the college said in a statement.
“We want students to know they can come forward and we support them in doing so.
We recognize that they have an obligation to be accountable for their actions.”
The new campus safe spaces are described as an “educational space for the safety of all students.”
It also includes an “exclusively male” section of the campus, where students are not allowed to wear clothing or carry weapons.
In an email to BuzzFeed, the school also said the new safe spaces will be designed with students in mind and will be made available in an online version for future use.
Brown told BuzzFeed that the new policies were not in response for Trump’s election.
He said the policies were meant to be “as comprehensive as possible,” and that he believes that Trump’s actions were responsible for many of the problems at the school.
The Catholic institution has also been criticized for the way it handled the sexual assault scandal, including the way that it reported the allegations to the FBI, which ultimately did not act on the allegations.
Brown said that he was aware of several instances in which the college did not report sexual assault to the federal government, and that the university should have been able to handle the situation without fear of retribution.
“The university needs to learn from its mistakes, but the responsibility for the failure to do so is not the university’s,” Brown told Buzzfeed News.
“And the responsibility is squarely on the shoulders of the leadership of the university.”
The university has since changed its policies, including suspending its policy requiring students to report sexual harassment and assault to federal law enforcement.
“While we understand the need for greater transparency in the reporting process, we cannot take responsibility for an institution that did not fully inform students about its sexual harassment policies, failed to report cases to law enforcement, or took no action to protect the safety and well-being of students who have been impacted by these misconducts,” the school wrote in a news release.
“I hope the new college’s leadership will make the right decisions in the coming months.”